Dr Indrachapa Bandara Rajapakshe Mudiyanselage
Academic and research departmentsAdvanced Technology Institute, Nanoelectronics Centre, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Indrachapa Bandara (Chapa) joined University of Surrey in 2016, and received her PhD in photovoltaics from the Advanced Technology Institute in 2019 under the supervision of Prof Ravi Silva and Dr Radu Sporea, focusing on solution processable organic/polymer and perovskite solar cells. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in Dr Sporea’s group developing organic thin film transistors, with a special focus is on source gated transistors (SGTs) as means of achieving high speed, high throughput and low-cost roll-to-roll printing of thin film transistors, using organic and inorganic semiconductors and polymer dielectrics.
Prior to obtaining her PhD, Chapa received her BSc in Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati, USA and was employed as a Research Scientist in Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology (SLINTEC), and a Process Assistant (Intern) in Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), UK. Her experience brings welcome materials expertise to team activities. Chapa is interested in finding greener solutions for the world’s current technological demands, which motivated her to pursue her career in environmentally friendly, sustainable printed electronics. As such, in her doctoral studies she developed high performance Pb-Sn mixed perovskite solar cells, concurrently reducing their toxicity and processing temperature.
Outside of the lab, she is a passionate artist and enjoys spending time in nature. She is also engaged in assisting young researchers in their BSc and MSc research projects and was a demonstrator in leadership and teambuilding workshops for undergraduate students in University of Surrey.